It takes courage to reach out for support! You are already taking the first step.
Being human is a beautiful and vulnerable experience that doesn't always have directions or clear answers, ESPECIALLY in our current circumstances associated with COVID-19. It is hard to be faced with so many unknowns regarding health, finances, politics, relationships, and the world at large. Your relationships might be challenged and you may feel sensitive to everything around you including sounds, physical touch, or even other peoples' emotions. We all want to feel free from anxiety and overwhelm.
I AM GLAD YOU FOUND ME. I AM HERE TO SUPPORT YOU.
I provide therapy services for individuals experiencing anxiety, stress, relationship challenges, are struggling with high sensitivity, are exploring their identity, sexuality, or spirituality, and/or would like to utilize therapy for personal growth.
I am LGBTQIA+ affirmative, work with various relationship and sexual preferences (ethical non-monogamy, kink aware, etc), and strive to be culturally sensitive
I often use the following skills/theories:
I can help you reduce racing thoughts, reduce body related symptoms of anxiety (racing heart, shallow breathing, sweating, light headedness), feel more able to cope with ups and downs, and increase your tolerance to distress.
What To Expect
What is therapy?
Therapy is all about you and your life! It is a powerful tool in which you can explore your thoughts, emotions, beliefs, behaviors, and perceptions with a therapist that provides a non-judgmental and supportive environment. Therapy may look different from person to person and people come to therapy for a variety of reasons. Some people need a space to talk and process, some learn skills that they can use in their daily lives, and some people discover what therapy means to them along the way.
What does a session look like?
A typical therapy session is 50 minutes in length and generally starts with a "check-in" (how you are doing and if there anything specific you would like to address in session). We may talk about your current and past experiences, explore and process emotions and behaviors, and review skills you have been working on. Talking, writing, drawing, listening to music, meditating, or physical movement could be incorporated in a therapy session depending on what is helpful for you.
How to get the most out of your sessions.
One of the most important aspects of therapy is finding a therapist that is a good fit for you. Although it may take some time to build trust and feel comfortable, finding someone that you can connect with is key. Therapy is also most effective when a client is open and honest during sessions and actively participating in their growth and healing both inside and outside of the therapy office. Try new skills, explore your inner world and relationships, and let your therapist know what is and is not working for you. Therapy is a tool, you are the mechanic.
Frequently Asked Questions
What do sessions cost? Do you take insurance?
I am currently only accepting new clients that can pay out of pocket (not using insurance). Sessions are $150.
HSA funds can usually be used for mental health services although check your HSA plan for details.
I can also provide statements to submit to your insurance in order to reimbursed for out-of-network benefits if you have them or if you would like payments to be counted towards your overall or out-of-network deductible.
How long is a session and how many will I need?
Sessions are typically 50-55 minutes. The number of sessions you will participate in depends on what you are working on and your general progress. Many clients start feeling better within 5-8 sessions and it is common to continue infrequent therapy sessions long-term as a part of your self-care routine. Weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly sessions are all common. We will continually check in to see how therapy is going for you and create a plan that suits your needs, goals, and schedule.
Do you offer online or phone sessions?
Currently all sessions are conducted through online video conferencing using G-suites Meet or Simple Practice due to Covid-19. I will be consistently evaluating the option for in-person sessions based on general safety guidelines. Keeping you and our community safe is of primary importance!
How do you use your intuition in sessions?
I explain my use of intuition in therapy as a developed emotional and image oriented internal guiding system that can help me understand and empathize with you and your experience. It often helps me get down to the bottom of an issue quickly or helps me ask you questions that may be helpful to explore. I may also help you strengthen your own intuition and inner wisdom.
I am in awe and have deep appreciation for the human experience! It can be beautiful, joy-filled, challenging, confusing, simple, complex and sometimes downright painful. I feel passionate about accepting, seeing you, and being with you as you are while also serving as a support person to help you explore and navigate your life experiences.
I graduated from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities with a Bachelor of Individualized Studies degree in Psychology, Relationship Studies, and Communication and obtained a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (now Sophia University) in Palo Alto, California. I have over 10 years of experience working in various settings and licensed as a marriage and family therapist in the state of Minnesota.
When not in the therapy office you may find me at an alternative healing, yoga, or dance class, baking up some goodies for a gathering with friends/family, hanging out with my two sweet and clever cats, spending alone time in nature, or taking an afternoon to let my creativity fly!
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